Autism Professionals Awards 2015

The National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Professional Awards 2015 recognise and reward services and professionals leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of people with autism. Read more »

Autism hospital passport

This resource published by the National Autistic Society aims to help people with autism who might need hospital treatment to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Read more »

Diverse perspectives

This report published by the National Autistic Society explores the challenges for families affected by autism from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in England. Read more »

The Autistic Gardener

The Autistic Gardener is a brand new series for Channel 4 which follows award winning garden designer Alan Gardner and a team of 6 individuals, all on the autistic spectrum, as they redesign a series of gardens. Find out how you can take part. Read more »

It involves us

This guidance produced by the National Autistic Society aimes to help local authorities better involve people with autism in their local planning and implementation. Read more »

Developing effective holistic services for young people

This briefing published by Youth Access provides guidance for health and local authority commissioners on how to develop joined-up services for young people in transition that can provide co-ordinated support on health, mental health, social welfare, personal and practical issues. Read more »

Autism Innovation Fund

The government has made £1.2 million of funding available to improve local autism services and increase awareness. The funding is available as part of Think Autism, the update to the 2010 Adult Autism Strategy for England. Read more »

Consultation on the Care Act

Details on the rules determining who will get adult social care from April 2015 have been published, as part of a Government consultation on the regulations and guidance accompanying the Care Act 2014. Read more »

Care Bill factsheets

The Department of Health has published a range of factsheets will help professionals to better support people to get the care and support they need, following the changes introduced by the Care Bill, published in 2013. Read more »

Adult safeguarding for housing staff

This guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence aims to improve communication and joint working between housing staff and their safeguarding partners, particularly local authority social care staff with safeguarding responsibilities. Read more »

Adult Learners’ Week 2014

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of lifelong learning, encompassing the Adult Learners’ Week awards, “have a go” taster events, parliamentary reception, and other activities such as a national policy conference. Read more »

Have your say on CQC inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking people who use and run health and adult social care services for views on the regulator’s plans for inspecting and rating care services. Read more »

How safe are our children? 2014

This report published by the NSPCC sets out 20 different indicators which explore the question of ‘how safe are our children?’ from a different perspective. It also includes a section summarising the factors that influence a child’s risk of abuse or neglect. Read more »

Think Autism – adult autism strategy

The new autism strategy ‘Think Autism’ sets out a clear programme that government departments will be taking to improve the lives of people with autism, primarily through taking actions that will support local authorities, the NHS, other public services and their partners with their local implementation work. Read more »

Do something amazing for autism

This video shows staff from the National Autistic Society having fun in their challenges to do something amazing for autism. Why not sign up to have an Amazing Day for Autism this year? Read more »

Autism Professional Awards 2014 shortlist

Congratulations to the 27 shortlisted entrants for this year’s Autism Professional Awards 2014, organised by the National Autistic Society (NAS) to recognise and reward cross-discipline professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice. Read more »

Ruled Out

This report published by Ambitious About Autism provides findings of a survey into autistic children’s access to education. Read more »

Review to strengthen redress for new SEN system

The Government recently announced a review into the redress and complaints arrangements for Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans, part of the sweeping reforms to the English Special Educational Needs (SEN) system being introduced by the Children and Families Bill. Read more »